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Sunday, September 25: Resources for Sunday Mass (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms)

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 21, 2011

This post contains resources for both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. The readings in the two forms differ.


Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Philippians 2:1-11.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Philippians 2:1-11.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Philippians 2:6-11.

Maldonado’s Commentary on Matt 21:28-32.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matt 21:28-32.

Sunday Gospel Scripture Study on Matt 21:28-32. Video, 59 minutes.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matt 21:28-32.

UPDATE: Is God Fair? Round Two. This Sunday’s readings are thematically similar to last Sunday’s readings; a fact not lost on Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma; hence the second part of the title, “Round Two.”

Pending? Father Maas’ Commentary on Matt 21:28-32.

Word Sunday:

  • MP3 PODCAST In this week’s audio podcast, we will consider why people change plans and the depth of that change in their lives.
  • FIRST READING The prophet Ezekiel railed against the presumptive spirit of the people. These “good” people felt they were being treated unfairly, even as they judged sinner. Yet, as the prophet proclaimed, it was the people who were unfair, unfair in their pride and unfair in their judgment. God only cared for repentance, not self-righteousness.
  • PSALM Psalm 25 was a hymn of supplication, but it also extolled the virtue of faithfulness.
  • SECOND READING St. Paul wrote to the church in Philippia about the need for humility. Christians are to follow the Lord and do as he did. As he emptied himself and suffered, so must we be willing to do for the good of others and the glory of God.
  • GOSPEL Matthew presented a short parable about the choice of two sons. One refused his father’s request, then relented. The other agreed to his father’s request and did nothing. The point of the parable was not the moral character of the sons but their obedience to the father. Their choice was a question of doing the will of the Father and their place in his Kingdom.
  • CHILDREN’S READINGS In the poem with the first reading, we ask what would happen if no one said “I’m sorry.” In the story for the gospel, Eddie and his brother were playing at a family picnic. Eddie told his parents he would help them clean up, but kept playing until it was time to leave. His brother got in trouble for refusing to help, but then relented. How did Eddie feel about this situation? How was this like the parable of the two sons in Matthew’s gospel?
  • CATECHISM LINK In this week’s Catechism Link, we consider the place of God the Father in our lives, and how he continually calls us back to him.
  • FAMILY ACTIVITY Discuss the parable of the two sons with your family members. How do people change to help themselves feel better? Why do people lie and try to shift blame?

Haydock Bible Commentary. Originally posted in 2008. Contains readings from the Douay-Rheims translation followed by notes from the commentary.

Bible Workshop. Includes related links; guide for reading; comparison of the readings; suggested lessons.

Gospel Reading with Meditation.

Historical Cultural Context. Interesting insights in light of first century Mediterranean culture.

Thoughts from the Early Church. Excerpt from a homily by St Clement of Alexandria.

Scripture in Depth. Succinct summaries of the readings and Psalm.

Catholic Matters. Readings followed by brief explanations.

Parish Bible Study. Pdf document. Notes on the readings used in a parish bible study.

Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological overview of the readings. Can be printed out and used for bulletin insert.

Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Audio, very brief. Does good job of highlighting major theme(s) of the readings.


Today’s Roman Missal. Latin and English side by side.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Galatians 5:25-26; 6:1-10.

Aquinas Catena Aurea on Luke 7:11-16.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on Luke 7:11.

NOTE: The following links are to online books, use the site’s zoom feature to enlarge text size for easier reading.

Devout Instruction on the Epistle and Gospel.

The Miracle of Nain and its Lesson for Christian Souls. Homily on the Gospel.

The Necessity of Always Being Prepared for Death. Homily on the Gospel.

Homily on the Epistle.

Homily on the Gospel. Starts near bottom of the page.

Homily Notes: can be used for sermon suggestions, points for meditation or further study.

Bearing One Another’s Burdens. On Galatians 6:2.

Support of Pastors. On Galatians 6:6.

Three Kinds of Death. On the Gospel.

Human Life. On the Gospel.

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